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Research SpaceX crew capsule Dragon heads back to Earth from space station
Author: 0 SpaceX crew capsule Dragon heads back to Earth from space station

Indeed, almost all orbital missions are bookended by danger, with the fiery liftoff at the beginning and the high-dive fall at the end easily presenting the greatest opportunities for disaster. "I am proud of the great work that has been done to get us to this point". "It has to be 100 percent foolproof". NASA will now spend the next few weeks reviewing data to ensure that its initial impression is correct, first by poring over data from the launch and then sensor data from the on-board ...

Research AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub
Author: 0 AOC says being left off climate crisis committee not a snub

On Thursday morning, Pelosi announced a new committee that she'd established. The congressional website belonging to Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a vehement opponent of fossil fuels, prominently features an image of an off-shore drilling rig.

Research Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son Teaser | Virtual Reality
Author: 0 Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son Teaser | Virtual Reality

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, meaning that spring is on its way. What does the official Groundhog Day website say? But where did this freaky tradition come from? Every Feb. Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is a virtual reality adventure game to be released later this year on PlayStation Virtual Reality and other major VR platforms.

Research NOAA responds to Trump's climate change skepticism with a cartoon
Author: 0 NOAA responds to Trump's climate change skepticism with a cartoon

Late Monday, Trump tweeted about the brutal and unsafe wind chills hitting the middle of the country, and even asked global "waming" (sic) to "please come back fast". "No, these aren't the coldest temperatures ever recorded in the Midwest". Forecasters have said that the most unsafe weather is yet to come, warning of frigidly low temperatures that the region hasn't seen in a quarter century.

Research UAE will observe its first Super Moon of 2019
Author: 0 UAE will observe its first Super Moon of 2019

As the moon moves completely into the earth's shadow at 10:41 p.m., something interesting happens: The moon begins to turn reddish-orange. Combined, this makes a super blood moon . You can spy on the eclipse with your bare eyes, but you might see more details on the blood-red moon if you have binoculars or a telescope, Hartigan advised.

Research Cotton seed sprouts on moon
Author: 0 Cotton seed sprouts on moon

That's because temperatures drop to -150 degress Celsius during lunar nights on the moon, and according to Xie Gengxin, chief designer of the experiment, life inside the canister would simply not survive those conditions. In 2011, the US Congress passed a bill restricting cooperation between China and the US in space exploration. Dubbed a moon surface micro-ecological circle, the 18-centimeter high aluminum alloy cylinder contains silkworm eggs and seeds for potatoes and rockcress ( ...

Research Ultima Thule looks like a snowman
Author: 0 Ultima Thule looks like a snowman

A NASA spacecraft travelling through space sent back pictures of the most distant object explored by mankind on Wednesday. The massive area of swirling objects at the edge of the solar system also contains Pluto . In 2006, an fantastic spacecraft was launched towards the dwarf planet Pluto , known as New Horizons . While most of us were popping the corks on bottles of champagne, NASA engineers were holding their breath as they watched the calendar flip to 2019 on the East Coast.

Research Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday
Author: 0 Winter weather advisory for Cascades through Thursday

A Colorado low tracking towards the Great Lakes and northeastward across the regions will give heavy snow and blowing snow. Risky conditions are expected across the western and central parts of the state, with the National Weather Service predicting up to a foot of snow in some areas.

Research Spacex halts launch of US military satellite due to winds
Author: 0 Spacex halts launch of US military satellite due to winds

The satellite is one in a series of 10 third-generation satellites ordered by the Air Force with three times better accuracy, eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities, 25 percent longer spacecraft lifespan and the capability to broadcast signals compatible with other worldwide global navigation systems, including Europe's Galileo.

Research NASA says Saturn's rings are disappearing at 'alarming speed'
Author: 0 NASA says Saturn's rings are disappearing at 'alarming speed'

Combining these with observations from Cassini , in which it analysed the material falling from Saturn's rings down to the planet, has allowed astronomers to calculate exactly how fast the rings are disintegrating. The grains of ice and dust that form Saturn's rings are constantly pulled into the gas giant's body by gravity. "If rings are temporary", O'Donoghue said, "perhaps we just missed out on seeing giant ring systems of Jupiter , Uranus and Neptune".

Research Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch this week
Author: 0 Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch this week

There is no need of any special gear to watch this celestial event and all that one has to do is to find a dark place, and look up at the sky. As per a famous space website, these Geminids encounter Earth at around 35 km/second. Google celebrated the 2018 Geminid meteor shower peak with an adorable Google Doodle slideshow. The Geminids are said to put on a show that rivals that of the Perseid meteor shower which happens in August.

Research NASA has postponed the launch of Dragon to ISS with mould
Author: 0 NASA has postponed the launch of Dragon to ISS with mould

It was the first time SpaceX ever failed to land a booster on solid ground, following a string of 12 straight successes. The fact that the team officially confirmed yesterday's successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket for which the current session was the third in a row - and this is not surprising, considering the truly long-term operation.

Research Australia won't lift 2030 Paris target as minister heads to summit
Author: 0 Australia won't lift 2030 Paris target as minister heads to summit

Guterres told a news conference in Katowice, Poland , on Monday that realities about global climate are "worse than expected, but the political will is relatively faded after Paris". G20 leaders on Saturday wrapped up their summit by declaring the Paris Agreement "irreversible". Governments must protect citizens from the killer effects of climate change , movie tough guy-turned-statesman Arnold Schwarzenegger told AFP , insisting the United States was committed to a greener future ...

Research NASA Announces New Moon Partnerships with U.S. Companies
Author: 0 NASA Announces New Moon Partnerships with U.S. Companies

Hot on the heels of successfully landing a spacecraft on Mars on November 26, NASA officials explained it will partner with nine private companies who "will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface", the Associated Press reported Thursday .

Research Trump rejects key conclusion of United States government climate report
Author: 0 Trump rejects key conclusion of United States government climate report

In the Middle East, there has been blood because the White House has thrown all-in behind the murderous Saudi Arabia regime of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, or MBS - even after the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that MBS ordered his goons to murder and dismember an American resident, Jamal Khashoggi, who was a columnist for the Washington Post.

Research Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears the Red Planet
Author: 0 Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears the Red Planet

The lander is also equipped with a robotic arm that it will use to place HP³ and RISE on the surface of the planet. Earth's success rate at Mars is just 40 percent, counting every attempted flyby, orbital flight and landing by the US, Russia and other countries dating back to 1960.

Research NASA's InSight Lander is all set to Enter Mars' Atmosphere
Author: 0 NASA's InSight Lander is all set to Enter Mars' Atmosphere

Knowing more about the ability for life to exist on Mars in the distant past could inform us about how life evolved on Earth . But Jezero came out a victor as it offers promising sampling targets of at least five kinds of rock, including clays and carbonates that have high potential to preserve signatures of past life, as revealed by NASA in a press statement .

Research Liam Hemsworth Posts Heartbreaking Photo of Malibu Home After Wildfire
Author: 0 Liam Hemsworth Posts Heartbreaking Photo of Malibu Home After Wildfire

Jordan said no one seemed to know whether they were able to get out or whether their house was still standing. "In the beginning there was hope", Janes said through tears. With gusty winds overnight challenging firefighters further, many are left with an agonising wait to see whether their home withstands the flames. Paradise , which is home to many elderly retirees and has experienced an unusually dry fall, was virtually razed to the ground by the fast-moving " Camp Fire " blaze.

Research Stray cases of burning of firecrackers reported a day after Diwali
Author: 0 Stray cases of burning of firecrackers reported a day after Diwali

While decibel levels were monitored on November 1, 7 and 9, the monitoring of ambient air quality levels is being done since October 31 and will continue till November 15. They said they had been continuously patrolling the city to check for violations during Diwali festivities. Violations of the Supreme Court order were reported from the areas comprising IP Extension, Mayur Vihar's Phase I, II and Extension in east Delhi , Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi , Lutyens Delhi , Dwarka in west ...

Research Federal judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline
Author: 0 Federal judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline

Morris previously ruled against the State Department in August, saying it was obligated to " analyze new information relevant to the environmental impacts of its decision ". Neither TransCanada nor the State Department could immediately be reached for comment on the ruling. In the US, the pipeline would stretch 875 miles through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, with the rest continuing into Canada .

Research Varadkar must stand firm over border backstop, says Sinn Fein leader
Author: 0 Varadkar must stand firm over border backstop, says Sinn Fein leader

In a public message to Mr Varadkar, Ms McDonald warned the backstop "cannot be diluted". British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tabled the proposal during a "robust" meeting with Tánaiste Simon Coveney last Tuesday. We want there to be an agreement. 'The Irish stance is still the same and clear to say that an emergency time-bound plan or one that could be unilaterally completed by the United Kingdom will never be agreed upon by the country or the European Union, ' said Irish Foreign ...

Research Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens
Author: 0 Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

With pollution levels hitting a new high, residents of Indian capital Delhi and adjoining areas have been complaining of breathlessness and burning sensation in the eyes. The Delhi government launched an aggressive 10-day "Clean Air Campaign" from November 1 to monitor and report polluting activities and ordered halting of construction activities and regulating vehicular traffic.

Research Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect
Author: 0 Brazil enters new era with far-right president-elect

In interviews on Monday, Mr Bolsonaro also said: He would withdraw government advertising from media outlets he judged to be "lying"; He aimed to open up protected land to road and infrastructure projects; The budget deficit would be narrowed and state firms would be privatized.

Research Brazil's Bolsonaro wins presidential run-off
Author: 0 Brazil's Bolsonaro wins presidential run-off

Jair Bolsonaro , a far-right politician who has garnered comparisons to President Donald Trump , has won Brazil's presidential election, marking a dramatic shift to the right in the country's political landscape. With so much at stake, Chinese diplomats have reportedly met with top aides of the president-elect in recent weeks, seeking to underscore the lucrative trade relationship beneficial for both countries, said Reuters .

Research Hurricane Willa Grows Rapidly off Mexico's Pacific Coast
Author: 0 Hurricane Willa Grows Rapidly off Mexico's Pacific Coast

By early Monday, Willa had maximum sustained winds of 160mph - the same wind speed Hurricane Michael had at landfall in Florida - and was centered 135miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes. Willa is expected to douse coastal states Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa with 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm) of rain, likely triggering flash floods and landslides , the NHC said.

Research Chill Out - Maine Could Have A Milder-Than-Average Winter
Author: 0 Chill Out - Maine Could Have A Milder-Than-Average Winter

On October 18th, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association ( NOAA ) Climate Prediction Center released the 2018/2019 winter outlook- December to February- for temperature, precipitation and drought. If the snowfall earlier this week reminded you how much you don't like the winter cold, you may be in luck. Of course, that's just a prediction, and a rough one at that.

Research Chinese City Wants to Launch Artificial Moon
Author: 0 Chinese City Wants to Launch Artificial Moon

The fake moon's glow is predicted to light up an area with a diameter of 10-80 kilometres; with its precise illumination range being controlled within a few dozen metres, making it eight times as bright as the real moon . A Chinese city's plans to launch a man-made moon to replace street lights has been met with derision and incredulity online. According to the International Dark Sky Association, which advocates for the protection of night skies, living under light-polluted skies is a ...

Research Hurricane Michael rips through Florida’s Panhandle
Author: 0 Hurricane Michael rips through Florida’s Panhandle

Homes washed away by Hurricane Michael were shown in this aerial photo, today, in Mexico Beach, Fla . "Blue skies, right in the eye", marveled Melendez. Almost entire blocks of small two-story beach homes were razed to their tile floors, likely by the storm surge . Four other people were killed in Florida, including one man who was killed by a falling tree.

Research Global Warming Effects could be Catastrophic in 12 Years
Author: 0 Global Warming Effects could be Catastrophic in 12 Years

It's believed to be the largest peer-review exercise in the world, as has been noted by an IPCC spokesperson. The report summary said renewable energy would need to supply 70 per cent to 85 per cent of electricity by 2050 to stay within a 1.5C limit, compared with about 25 per cent now.

Research Before and after images show Michael's devastation along Florida panhandle
Author: 0 Before and after images show Michael's devastation along Florida panhandle

Michael was just the fourth major hurricane - Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale - to crash ashore on the Florida Panhandle since 1950, joining Eloise (1975), Opal (1995) and Dennis (2005). "We had houses that were on one side of the street and now they're on the other", said Mayor Bo Patterson. "But I will confess that my biggest fear that this part of Florida, with its unique & genuine characteristics, will never be the same".

Research Hurricane Michael Devastates Florida, Two Dead
Author: 0 Hurricane Michael Devastates Florida, Two Dead

So many families have lost everything. Bu the full extent of the damage was only slowly becoming clear, with some of the worst areas hard to reach. An 80-mile (130-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 10, the main east-west route, was closed.

Research Louis volunteers gearing up to aid Florida after Hurricane Michael passes
Author: 0 Louis volunteers gearing up to aid Florida after Hurricane Michael passes

At 9 a.m., Michael , with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, was about 80 miles southwest of Panama City, moving north at 13 mph. Forecasters said Michael could be near a very unsafe Category 4 by landfall. Officials also shut down the Hathaway Bridge, which connects Panama City and Panama City Beach and is a main route in and out of the cities. Two "devastating tornadoes" touched down in Gaston County, he said.

Research SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies
Author: 0 SpaceX Launch Seen in Local Skies

SpaceX landed the rocket's first stage at a newly built landing pad called LZ-4 that is located near Vandenberg's SLC-4E launch pad where the rocket took off. Including Sunday's successful landing, SpaceX has returned 30 total boosters back to land or to a floating sea platform. It was a planned launch by Hawthorne-based SpaceX.

Research Nobel Prize for Physics goes to US, Canadian scientists
Author: 0 Nobel Prize for Physics goes to US, Canadian scientists

Donna Strickland , a scientist from the University of Waterloo in Canada, recently became the third woman in history to win a Nobel Prize in Physics , and the first to do so in more than five decades. She cited institutional issues that have made it more hard for women to advance their careers, mentioning maternity leave, which can take women out of the workplace for months or years at a time, as one example.

Research Japan Successfully Lands 2 Rovers on Surface of Asteroid Ryugu
Author: 0 Japan Successfully Lands 2 Rovers on Surface of Asteroid Ryugu

The Japanese space agency said that it has made history by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid. Asteroids such as Ryugu are of such enormous interest to scientists because they are made from the debris that was floating in the disc-shaped cloud of gas and dust known as the solar nebula , after the formation of the Sun.

Research Flights cancelled in the US Southeast as Hurricane Florence approaches
Author: 0 Flights cancelled in the US Southeast as Hurricane Florence approaches

Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit. The Hurricane Center predicts the storm to maintain this strong Category 2 intensity until landfall, after which wind speeds will steadily decline. If the storm makes landfall as a Category 2, these winds will be damaging, sustained at up to 160km/h or so with higher gusts. Winds of up to 110km/h are also expected for several days as the weather system slowly grinds over.

Research 1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests
Author: 0 1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Originally, Maezawa had purchased from SpaceX a circumlunar voyage to be completed using the company's Crew Dragon atop SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket - which conducted its highly successful maiden flight on 6 February 2018 from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center , sending Mr.

Research Florence weakens but epic rains still expected on US east coast
Author: 0 Florence weakens but epic rains still expected on US east coast

US President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Carolina as officials warn the state could experience its most severe flooding ever. Gas stations were abandoned and fallen trees made many roads impassable. The crews include 10 line workers, two digger trucks, bucket trucks and other equipment to help restore power.

Research Hurricane Florence rips through Carolina coast
Author: 0 Hurricane Florence rips through Carolina coast

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article reported two deaths in Carteret County, North Carolina. City spokesperson Colleen Roberts said rescuers faced very challenging conditions. Swelling rivers and creeks threatened dams and bridges. Yet a day after landfall the faster-moving Mangkhut was back out over open water - weakened, but headed across the South China Sea toward China.

Research Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence
Author: 0 Georgia governor declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Up to 1.7 million people are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and coastal residents were frantically boarding up homes and businesses and hitting the road on Wednesday as the storm approached. North Carolina governor Roy Cooper told locals not to "bet your life on riding out a monster", with ferocious winds set to batter the shoreline. Experts say the lagoons should be able to handle about 3 feet of rain, but hog farmers, who have been trying to pump manure out of the ...

Research In US beach resort, residents seek shelter from the storm
Author: 0 In US beach resort, residents seek shelter from the storm

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the US East Coast as a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 110mph - slower than yesterday but covering a wider area. Myrtle Beach's courses accounted for half of the $2.7 billion in economic output that golf generated for the SC economy in 2015, according to a report from the state's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

Research Brown sees new California energy policy as model
Author: 0 Brown sees new California energy policy as model

In addition, the order sets a goal of maintaining "net negative emissions" beyond 2045, which means using plants or technology to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, and reuse or store it some manner (see " Maybe we can afford to suck CO2 out of the sky after all ").

Research Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, launches $2 billion charitable fund to fight poverty
Author: 0 Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, launches $2 billion charitable fund to fight poverty

The Amazon founder, the world's wealthiest person , offered detail on his philanthropic goals, announcing the Bezos Day One Fund, which will begin with an initial $2 billion. His net worth has risen by US$64.7 billion this year alone as Amazon's shares surged. More than a year ago, Bezos posted to Twitter a request for suggestions on philanthropic initiatives created to make a difference in the short term.

Research Hotels brace for Hurricane Florence as residents evacuate
Author: 0 Hotels brace for Hurricane Florence as residents evacuate

The first effects were already being seen on barrier islands as unsafe rip currents hit beaches and seawater flowed over a state highway. With Hurricane Florence spinning through the Atlantic Ocean and threatening to slam into SC later this week, Gov.

Research White House Buckles in For Hurricane Florence
Author: 0 White House Buckles in For Hurricane Florence

Florence, one of the strongest storms on the Eastern Seaboard in decades , is a strong Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 miles per hour. A total of 15-20 inches of rain is expected, with isolated areas of up to 30 inches in parts of North Carolina, Virginia and the northern part of SC through Saturday.

Research Angus King says he’ll vote against Trump high court pick Kavanaugh
Author: 0 Angus King says he’ll vote against Trump high court pick Kavanaugh

When asked about one of the more contentious moments of his hearing, when he appeared to avoid a handshake with Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was among the victims killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last February, Kavanaugh said he thought Guttenberg was a protester and his security detail subsequently intervened.

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